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Software rights : how patent law transformed software development in America

Author: Gerardo Con Díaz
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2019.
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A new perspective on United States software development, seen through the patent battles that shaped our technological landscape This first comprehensive history of software patenting explores how patent law made software development the powerful industry that it is today. Historian Gerardo Con Díaz reveals how patent law has transformed the ways computing firms make, own, and profit from software. He shows that  Read more...
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Con Diaz, Gerardo.
Software Rights : How Patent Law Transformed Software Development in America.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerardo Con Díaz
ISBN: 9780300249323 0300249322
OCLC Number: 1122454118
Description: 1 online resource (379 pages)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
List of Abbreviations --
Introduction --
Part One. Early Patent Protections --
1. Code Made Tangible, 1945-1954 --
2. From Antitrust to Patent Law at IBM, 1950-1966 --
3. The Myth of the Non-Machine, 1964-1968 --
Part Two. Software, Courts, and Congress --
4. Antitrust Law and Software Sales, 1965-1971 --
5. Software Patents at the Courts, 1961-1973 --
6. Remaking Software Copyright, 1974-1981 --
7. Making Sense of Benson, 1976-1982 --
Part Three. IP for PCs --
8. Hobbyists and Intellectual Property from Altair to Apple, 1975-1981 --
9. Cloned Computers and Microchip Protection, 1981-1984 --
10. Look, Feel, and Programming Freedom, 1984-1995 --
11. Patent Enforcement and Software Embodiment, 1986-1995 --
12. Software Rights for a New Millennium, 1993-2000 --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Index
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A new perspective on United States software development, seen through the patent battles that shaped our technological landscape This first comprehensive history of software patenting explores how patent law made software development the powerful industry that it is today. Historian Gerardo Con Díaz reveals how patent law has transformed the ways computing firms make, own, and profit from software. He shows that securing patent protection for computer programs has been a central concern among computer developers since the 1950s and traces how patents and copyrights became inseparable from software development in the Internet age. Software patents, he argues, facilitated the emergence of software as a product and a technology, enabled firms to challenge each other's place in the computing industry, and expanded the range of creations for which American intellectual property law provides protection. Powerful market forces, aggressive litigation strategies, and new cultures of computing usage and development transformed software into one of the most controversial technologies ever to encounter the American patent system.

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